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The MakEY project

The MakEY project was an international research project led by the University of Sheffield. In this video, Alison explains more.

Our work on makerspaces at the University of Sheffield has grown out of a number of research projects we have undertaken over the past few years.

In this video, Alison explains one called ‘Makerspaces in the early years’ – or MakEY – which looked at the value of making in early years education. She explains the work undertaken by academics at Sheffield and by colleagues across the world.

You can find out more about MakEY by visiting the project website and you can also learn about the University project Maker{Futures} by visiting their website.

The MakEY project explored the value of makerspaces for fostering young children’s learning. One of the key principles that underpinned its approach was the use of inquiry-based learning in which children followed their interests, explored the world around them by asking questions, and tried to address problems.

What do you feel is the value of an inquiry-led approach to learning? How can makerspaces offer opportunities for this kind of approach?

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